You should be familiar with all visiting rules, regulations, and procedures before your visit.
In addition to the general guidelines below, before visting
you should read the
policy which defines the visiting regulations and procedures for that specific location in greater detail.
(The document is also available in Spanish:
Regulaciones de Visitas).
Wear clothing that is appropriate for a large gathering of men, women, and young children. Wearing inappropriate clothing
(such as provocative or revealing clothes) may result in your being denied visitation.
The following clothing items are generally not permitted but please consult the visiting policy for the
specific facility as to what attire and items are permitted in the visiting room:
- revealing shorts
- halter tops
- bathing suits
- see-through garments of any type
- crop tops
- low-cut blouses or dresses
- backless tops
- hats or caps
- sleeveless garments
- skirts two inches or more above the knee
- dresses or skirts with a high-cut split in the back, front, or side
- clothing that looks like inmate clothing (khaki or green military-type clothing)
By law, an inmate gets at least four hours of visiting time per month but usually the prison can provide more. However, the
Warden can restrict the length of visits or the number of people who can visit at once, to avoid overcrowding
in the visiting room.
Because many people are usually visiting, it is important visits are quiet, orderly, and dignified.
The visiting room officer can require you to leave if either you or the inmate is not acting appropriately.
In most cases, handshakes, hugs, and kisses (in good taste) are allowed at the beginning and end of a visit. Staff
may limit contact for security reasons (to prevent people from trying to introduce contraband) and to keep the
visiting area orderly.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not permit conjugal visits.